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Brad Boxberger expected back Sunday
by Chris Cwik |

Rays pitcher Brad Boxberger is expected back Sunday, according to the Tampa Bay Times

Boxberger has missed the past couple games after his wife had a child Thursday. He's expected to be ready to go Sunday.

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Mark Teixeira leaves early Saturday
by Chris Cwik |

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira left Saturday's game with an injury.

Teixeira struck out in his only two at-bats. He was replaced by Brendan Ryan in the fifth inning. The team has yet to officially announce an injury for Teixeira. 

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Steve Pearce scratched due to sore wrist
by Chris Cwik |

Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce has been scratched due to a sore wrist Saturday.

Pearce will likely be replaced by Christian Walker. With the Orioles bound for the playoffs, the team wants to make sure Pearce is healthy down the stretch. Pearce is hitting .297/.376/.557 over 327 at-bats. 

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Matt Carpenter, Matt Adams out Saturday with illness
by R.J. White |

Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter and first baseman Matt Adams are not in the starting lineup Saturday due to stomach illness, reports.

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Arismendy Alcantara slugs three-run home run Saturday
by R.J. White |

Cubs outfielder Arismendy Alcantara went 1 for 3 with a walk and a three-run home run in his team's 8-7 win over the Dodgers Saturday.

The Cubs were down 7-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, but Alcantara followed up an RBI single earlier in the inning with his three-run blast to bring the Cubs to within one before they took the lead in the eighth. Alcantara has hit .214/.267/.377 with 10 home runs, 26 RBI and eight stolen bases in 252 at-bats.

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Chris Coghlan homers twice in 4-for-4 performance Saturday
by R.J. White |

Cubs outfielder Chris Coghlan sparked a big comeback Saturday, going 4 for 4 with one walk, two home runs and three RBI in his team's 8-7 win over the Dodgers.

Coghlan smacked his first home run in the first inning and delivered the key two-run blast in the eighth inning to put his team up by one run. Before Saturday, he had just one home run in the second half, coming all the way back on Aug. 3. Coghlan now owns a .283/.349/.449 line with eight home runs, 38 RBI and six stolen bases in 361 at-bats.

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Adrian Gonzalez smashes two home runs Saturday
by R.J. White |

Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez went 2 for 5 with two home runs and five RBI in his team's 8-7 loss to the Cubs Saturday.

Gonzalez put his team up big in the early part of the team, delivering a two-run blast in the first inning and adding a three-run shot in the third inning. Up 6-1 after three innings, the Dodgers would see the lead slip away by the end of the eighth. Gonzalez has hit .278/.337/.479 with 25 home runs in 568 at-bats, and he leads the majors with 111 RBI.

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Jamey Wright to start Sunday, Dan Haren moved to Monday
by R.J. White |

The Dodgers will start Jamey Wright Sunday against the Cubs and push Dan Haren back to Monday to open the team's series against the Giants, reports.

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Hector Rondon records 26th save Saturday
by R.J. White |

Cubs closer Hector Rondon delivered his 26th save Saturday, striking out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 8-7 win over the Dodgers.

Rondon has successfully converted his last 12 save opportunities, allowing only one earned run during that stretch while striking out 12 and walking two in 15 innings. He owns a 2.58 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 61:15 K:BB ratio in 59 1/3 innings.

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Justin Grimm picks up win vs. Dodgers Saturday
by R.J. White |

Cubs pitcher Justin Grimm took home a win Saturday, walking one in a scoreless eighth inning in his team's 8-7 victory over the Dodgers.

Grimm (5-2) needed just 10 pitches to get through the inning despite walking a batter. It was just the second walk he has issued since July 25. Grimm owns a 3.80 ERA and 68:27 K:BB ratio in 66 1/3 innings.

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